43 Surrender

Surrender

“O Thou of whom I am the instrument,
O secret Spirit and Nature housed in me…”

42 Lila

Lila

“In us is the thousandfold Spirit who is one,
An eternal thinker calm and great and wise,
A seer whose eye is an all-regarding sun,
A poet of the cosmic mysteries.”

41 The Dual Being

The Dual Being

There are two beings in my single self.
A Godhead watches Nature from behind
At play in front with a brilliant surface elf,
A time-born creature with a human mind.

40 The Selfs Infinity

The Self’s Infinity

“I have become what before Time I was […]
A momentless immensity pure and bare,
I stretch to an eternal everywhere.”

38 Man the Enigma

Man the Enigma

“A deep enigma is the soul of man. […]
A demigod and a demon and a brute,
The slave and the creator of his fate.”

37 Shiva

Shiva

“Life springs in her and Mind is born; her face
She lifts to Him who is Herself, until
The Spirit leaps into the Spirit’s embrace.”

36 Krishna

Krishna

“At last I find a meaning of soul’s birth
Into this universe terrible and sweet,
I who have felt the hungry heart of earth
Aspiring beyond heaven to Krishna’s feet.”

34 The Stone Goddess

The Stone Goddess

The sonnet is reflecting Sri Aurobindo’s own spiritual experience, elsewhere described as “… you stand before a temple of Kali beside a sacred river and see what? A sculpture, a gracious piece of architecture, but in a moment mysteriously, unexpectedly there is instead a Presence, a Power, a Face that looks into yours, an inner sight in you has regarded the World-Mother.”

33 The Godhead

The Godhead

“His hair was mingled with the sun and breeze;
The world was in His heart and He was I:
I housed in me the Everlasting’s peace,
The strength of One whose substance cannot die.”